This is an Italian Christmas Eve favourite. This recipe can be doubled or tripled easily. Serve as a side, starter or over pasta. Buon Natale!
Took shortcuts. Thought this was very good & spicy. For a quicker version, I passed on using fresh calamari, frozen worked just fine...took less time. - 21 Jul 2008
This was good. Anoter reviewer suggested this was easy. IT IS NOT!! Cleaning a kilo of squid takes a minimum of 45 minutes and that is if you know what you are doing. DO NOT USE FRESH SQUID LIKE I DID. It is too tender and turns mushy when cooked, not rubbery like frozen does. The sauce was tasty and I will make again. If anyone cares here is how you clean squid. First you pull all the heads off, then you cut off the tentacles off above the eyes. Discard the lower portion of the head. Turn the tentacles inside out and cut off the round bulb centre. Rinse and Drain. For the body of the squid, pull out all the back bones. Remove the black skin surface. Cut squid into round pieces. Turn each piece inside out and remove any stuff on the inside under running water, drain. Now instead of putting them in this recipe dredge in a mixture of rice flour and pepper, deep fry in hot oil just seconds (till they float, less than a minute). Drain on kitchen roll. - 21 Jul 2008
Fantastic! My wife loved this recipe even though I thought there was too much sauce. I cooked the calamari only about 6-8 minutes so they wouldn't get tough. There was enough sauce left over that I saved it and used it the next day to make a fantastic red clam sauce for pasta. My wife asked me again today when I am making this again...I guess it will be tomorrow. - 21 Jul 2008